April 13, 2011
The message is spreading worldwide:
Being fat is bad.
Even in cultures where plump used to be considered sexy.
Researchers at Arizona State University found the stigma attached to obesity is now strongest in places like Mexico, Paraguay and American Samoa.
The researchers say just ten or fifteen years ago, being overweight in those cultures was nothing to be ashamed of.
It is now.
The survey says anti-fat feelings are strongest not in the U.S., but in countries that just got on the skinny bandwagon.
The research is published in the April issue of the journal, "Current Anthropology."